What are the dangers of wars today?
The world is facing global destabilization with profound consequences expected in the years to come. We have entered the most dangerous chapter in the world history for decades. From the global refugee crisis to the spread of terrorism, and from violet ethnic and territorial clashes to the nuclear arms race, our collective failure to resolve conflicts peacefully is increasingly giving rise to new threats and emergencies. According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the number of war dead rose from 56,000 in 2008 to 180,000 in 2014, even though instead of 63 only 42 armed conflicts were counted. In 2013, for the first time since the end of the Second World War, more than 50 million people were refugees. Today, we are faced with the record number of 65.6 million of forcibly displaced people worldwide.
The world urgently needs to discover new ways to cope with armed conflicts and mitigate their effects on the general population.
How many wars are there today?
There are 18 major military conflicts in the world today. 67 countries and 769 militias and separatist groups across the world are currently involved in violet conflicts.
Which wars have the highest number of casualties today?
Currently the deadliest conflict in the world is the Syrian Civil War with 20,244 fatalities in 2017 and between 49,742–60,000 in 2016.
The ongoing conflict with the highest number of fatalities overall is the War in Afghanistan, with 17,248 fatalities in 2017, more than 23 000 in 2016 and cumulative fatalities reaching 2 000 000.
Civilian casualties are soaring in Iraq as well, with Iraqi Civil War taking 12,107 civilian lives this year and 16,393 in the past year.
Another worrisome recent conflict is the Mexican Drug War with 8,839 fatalities in 2017 and 12,224 in 2016.
Other serious conflicts include Kurdish-Turkish conflict, Somali Civil War, Libyan Civil War, Yemeni Civil War, Sinai insurgency (Egypt), South Sudanese Civil War, Boko Haram insurgency, War in Darfur (Sudan) as well as conflicts in Nigeria and Central African Republic.
Pakistan, Congo, Ukraine, Ethiopia and India are also listed high with respect to the war-related fatalities.
What is our mission?
We are aiming to build a movement for peace by disseminating accurate news and commentary. In this way, we hope to raise awareness and spread ideas leading to a more peaceful global society. We are also advocating for less involvement of the UK in armed conflicts.
What can I do to stop war from happening? How can I contribute?
The best way to contribute is by joining your local anti-war group. You can donate, volunteer, attend and organize anti-war protests and events. Everybody’s contribution is valuable and everyone’s life matters. Together we can help our fellow men from across the globe.